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Rachel DuQuette's monomyth

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FC: My Forbidden Face and the Monomyth | BY:Rachel DuQuette

2: THE CALL | In My Forbidden Face the call to 16-year-old Latifa was the Taliban taking over Kabul. Latifa feels that her life is so young and she has yet to fulfill half of her dreams; she was determined to study journalism at the university. She feels as if she has to do something or somehow help everyone and her family. She is even more distraught when she hears and sees the hangings, whippings, and stones being beaten against woman. "Life can't stop like this on the twenty-seventh of September in 1996." (Latifa 4)

4: REFUSAL OF THE CALL | The refusal of the call is Latifa being feared of the Talibans and the amount of control they have on her and everyone in Kabul. "All right, I'm scared. Scared of stumbling in it, of drawing attention to myself, of being beaten in the street because I let something show or I lifted this thing up to sneeze...If I had to run to save myself, I'd never manage it." (Latifa 48). She wants to be able to go out of her home and do as she would as any other day, but she's a woman and there are strict restrictions on woman's freedom.

6: FIRST THRESHOLD | The crossing of the first threshold for Latifa's journey is trying to defeat the Taliban and the war surrounding her. The woman's restrictions and the war around her is holding her back from having the freedom of going through her journey without any obstacles. She struggles overcoming the obstacles because she fears so badly of the beatings and raping she has seen for herself. "This time, they're really killing us, killing all girls and women. They're killing us all stealthily, in silence."(Latifa 38).

8: BELLY OF THE WHALE | Latifa is in the belly of the whale as she is held as a prisoner in her own home. Yes, she is with her family and there are other women being held as prisoners, but she feels alone and as if there's no hope for her through the Taliban. Latifa feels like she is losing everything she had in a way. "I feel a sorrow that weighs down my whole body yet leaves me unable to weep. I just lie on my bed. Why get up?" (Latifa 31)

10: ROAD OF TRIALS | Latifa's road of trials is watching her town and everything she ever knew fall apart around her, and not be able to help as she wants to. Since the women have such strict restrains, Latifa feels even more helpless. This will come to only make her stronger though, as she remembers everything she saw and went through, but still seemed to over come. "What can we do? I mean, what are we supposed to do? Just curl up and die?" (Latifa 73)

12: TEMPTATION | Latifa's temptation to possibly give up is when everyone, including herself, is ill and she feels as if there's no hope for her to get well. Since women can't have medical assistance, there is the possibility of them getting more ill and possibly dying. "The situation worsens with each passing day; society is falling apart all around us, while watch helplessly." (Latifa 72)

14: ATONEMENT WITH FATHER | Latifa's atonement with father is the Talibans trying to control everything she does, along with all the other people. This happening helps Latifa understand how important it is for her to have her freedom and help her family. "I realized they are free, and we are in prison." (Latifa 178)

16: REFUSAL OF RETURN | The refusal of return is when Latifa was in Paris and getting ready to go back to Kabul but saw on T.V. that the women's faces were still covered and their bodies were still not to be seen. Latifa didn't want to go back to that kind of place where the men whip the women and women are treated so poorly. She knows she has to go back but she dreads it. "We watch what is going on back in Kabul. The look on my mother and father's face was like a knife through my heart. We can't go back, I feel like it's all my fault." (Latifa 197)

18: MASTER OF TWO WORLDS | Latifa is looked up to in Kabul and in France. Kabul's people look up to her for being able to have the opportunity to write for Elle magazine and to have went somewhere far with her career. France's people look up to her for being a survivor of such a tragic situation and being able to pull herself and her family through the rough times. "Just wait. Women listen to other women and what you've told then will make people here understand what the Taliban is doing to you." (Latifa 196)

20: WORKS CITED | Puatti, Linda. Afghan woman. 2001. Brown Co. May 2001. April 10, 2011. Crisco, Chad. Men running. 2009. Crisco, Chad. October 2010. April 10, 2011. (2) Keylah, Jar. Covered faces. 2011. Keylah, Jar. January 2010. April 10, 2011. Galapsce, David. Covered face in dark. 2009. Galapsce, David January 2009. April 10, 2011.

21: Latifa. My Forbidden Face. 2002. Talk Miramax Books.

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